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Why are Preschool Classes so important?

Published on 17th June 2016 by Adam Reeves

Tappy Toes run classes for children aged 3 months to 5 years.

Boy or Girl, Tappy Toes preschool dance classes will greatly improve your Preschool Classeschild’s coordination, motor skills and social skills, as well as challenge their imagination and creativity.

Parents are encouraged to join in, however, they will be amazed at how enveloped the child becomes after a few classes. It is a fantastic opportunity to mix with different personalities and a great way for particularly shy and timid children to really open up!

Generally dance schools will take children aged three years and above, but we believe the best time to start is as soon as they can move! Tappy Toes gives the children the chance to develop their imaginations and creativity through movement.

We truly believe that Tappy Toes is unique, it is not your run of the mill ballet, dance or toddler class, it provides a valuable and educational service by combining song, dance, storytelling and drama into one fun packed class for both parent and child!

Claire Greenwood – Creator & founder Tappy Toes I was a professional dancer for 10 years and I have danced all my life, so Tappy Toes is something I am very passionate about. I was teaching dance to 3-18 year olds and realised there wasn’t anything on the market, dance related, geared to children under 3 years.

I had lots of parents asking if they could bring their 2 year olds to my classes, but the class structure wasn’t really suitable for children that young, so I decided to create a syllabus specifically for that age group, and Tappy Toes was created.

Tappy Toes was designed to really get little ones moving, it’s an active, energetic dance and movement class.Tappy Toes

Teaching all the Preschool Classes basics including skipping, galloping, running on tip toes, jumping, hopping, twirling and more.

Gentle stretches are disguised in fun stories, children learn to stretch their bodies, improve their posture and develop co-ordination without realising.

With the Chief Medical Officers’ physical activity guidelines for the under-fives being that Children of pre-school age who are capable of walking unaided should be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes, Tappy Toes is a great start.

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We have been nominated for the Most Loved Music, Dance or Performing Arts Activity in the Whats on 4 Awards 2020. Voting has now closed and finalists will be announced at the beginning of September! Fingers crossed 🙂

Claire Munday, Mother of 2 and Creator and Founder of Tappy Toes dance, Preschool Classes, has been dancing since the age of three.

Claire trained at Laine Theatre Arts, Epsom, Surrey, on a three year musical theatre course. She gained Distinctions in Ballet, Modern and Tap ISTD Teaching Associates, and an Anatomy Diploma, and has been teaching dance since she was 16 years old.

A professional dancer from 1998- 2010, she performed with major pop artists including Destiny’s Child, KT Tunstal and Catherine Jenkins.

In west end venues, the Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium, and in countless hair and fashion shows for companies including Marks and Spencer, Levis, Clarks, Wella and L’Oreal. She appeared on Top of the Pop’s, MTV, the Brit Awards, a series for ITV1, and a cinema and TV campaign for Lynx.

She is now an accomplished choreographer having worked on adverts for the Olympics 2012, Moshi Monsters and Lumi Jewellery, and on TV shows including CBeebies, Nuzzle and Scratch, ITV1s Wedding Dances and a Teachers TV series.

With over 15 years of teaching experience behind her, Claire created Tappy Toes Preschool Classes in order to develop imagination, build confidence, improve coordination and inspire creativity in your youngsters, and to provide a fun but controlled environment for parent/carer and toddler to bond.

The Preschool Classes became so popular the decision was made to franchise the classes so that more children could enjoy them!

During the Coronavirus pandemic, Claire decided to take all Tappy Toes classes live online, so that every child could experience the magic of DANCE even during social distancing and isolation. If you are interested in running your own children’s dance franchise, download our franchise prospectus

Claire also runs Rise Studios, providing dance and drama classes to all ages in Rickmansworth and Watford, Hertfordshire, these classes are also now available live online.